Tuesday, June 08, 2010

67 ways to waste your time and counting

The BBC apparently says most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How many have YOU read?

Instructions: [Copy and paste]


1) Look at the list and put an 'x' before those you have read.

2) Tally your total.
3) Post a note with with your total in the subject line


1 (X) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 (x ) The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 (x ) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 (x) Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 (X) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 (X ) The Bible
7 (x) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 (X) Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 ( ) His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 (x ) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 (X ) Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 (x) Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 ( X) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 (/) Complete Works of Shakespeare (A lot of his more well known plays and sonnets, but not the C.W.S.)
15 ( ) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 (x) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 ( ) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 (X) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 (x ) The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 ( ) Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 (X) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 (X) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 (x) Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 (X) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 (x) The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 (x) Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 (x) Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 (X) Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 (X) Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 (x) The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 (x ) Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 (x) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 (x) Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 (x) Emma - Jane Austen
35 (x) Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 (x) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 ( ) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 ( ) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 ( ) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 (X) Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 (X) Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 () The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 ( ) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 (x ) A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 ( ) The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 (x) Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 (x ) Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 (/) The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood (I tried, really, I tried. Gave it 100 pages and then said, nope, not for me)
49 (x) Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 (X) Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 (x) Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 (x) Dune - Frank Herbert
53 (x) Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 (X) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 () A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 ( ) The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 (X) A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 (x) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 ( ) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 ( ) Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 (X) Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 (X) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 ( ) The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 ( ) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 (X) Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 x) On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 (x) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 ( ) Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 ( ) Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie70
(X) Moby Dick - Herman Melville71
(X) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 (X) Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 (X) The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 ( ) Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 (X) Ulysses - James Joyce
76 ( ) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 () Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 ( ) Germinal - Emile Zola
79 (x) Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 ( ) Possession - AS Byatt
81 (X) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 ( ) Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 ( ) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 () The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 (x) Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 () A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 (x) Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 ( ) The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 (x) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 ( ) The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 (x) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 ( ) The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint Exupery
93 ( ) The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 (x) Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 ( ) A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 ( ) A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 (X) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 (X) Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 (x) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 (X) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

It's a very British-centric list, isn't it? And yet, there are many English classics which are not represented which carry far more weight than “Emma” or “Dracula”. An odd selection, to say the least. I surprised myself by having read 67 of them. I expected fewer. But, if nothing else, my life has been a life of reading. This year, though, I have only managed to complete a handful of new titles. So far...


via Christina Kay Brown

4 comments:

Mrs. L said...

I agree, an odd list. But I've read more than I expected, although I didn't bother to count. I was more intrigued with what a strange collection.

Call me Paul said...

I think I'm at about 23, but it's hard to tell exactly because there are some duplicates. For example, the complete works of Shakespeare would include Hamlet, and The Chronicles of Narnia would include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Also, I don't see how a list populated by mostly classic literature merits the inclusion of work by such current pop artists as Mitch Albom, J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Audrey Niffenegger and Dan Brown.

-Nellie said...

I'd like to know who typed out the title and authors of all 100 books. They should get some credit especially because at the end, I'm sure they ended up with some callused fingertips.

Nellie
http://midlifecruiser.blogspot.com/

Wil said...

Paul, you make some valid points. I do not know the actual cachet of the list, only that which I saw on Christina's site and I am pretty sure she was sharing from either a social network site or from her email. In any event, as I said, an odd list.

Nellie, I'm in agreement. It must have been pretty tedious typing up the list. In the old days, it was something we'd do without thinking about it. These days, my joints ache at the mere thought of all that typing would entail.

Mrs. L, we are so easily distracted by the vagaries of the paths our synapses lead us down, aren't we?